Tipping Time In Your Favor

We all buy products and invest in services to enhance our lives in some way. To save time or money. To be healthier or happier. To have fun or fuel success. While the motivations that move us to make a purchase often seem self-evident, the forces working to exert influence on our decisions are often cleverly camouflaged.

Marketing, those in the business say, makes the world go ‘round. Here’s an amusing – and sometimes amazing – look at the spin that sets brands and trends in motion.

Time Tip # 1: Use Time Management Tools. Whether it’s a phone app, software program or some other resource, a critical element in managing your time is to know where it’s going in the present and planning how you’ll spend it in the future. A software program like Outlook, for example, lets you easily schedule events and can be set to remind you of upcoming commitments.

Time Tip # 2: Organize Your Filing Systems. If you repeatedly find yourself wasting time hunting for things on your computer, you’ll benefit from adopting an efficient file management system. Ditch what’s dispensable and restructure or streamline what’s relevant. The main idea is to get to the point where you can quickly lay your hands on what you need when you need it.

Time Tip # 3: Persistently Prioritize. Start each day by sitting down to prioritize activities and set your benchmark for successful performance. If you have 15 tasks for a given day, how many do you absolutely have to accomplish? Highlight three or four top tasks and slot the most demanding into your more productive working periods. Just spending a few minutes organizing yourself early in the morning (or the night before) will save you time throughout the day ahead.

Time Tip # 4: Set Limits For Recurring Tasks. Constantly jumping from one thing to another can be mentally depleting, not to mention detrimental to your overall productivity. E-mail is a good example. Constantly reading and responding to messages can consume a big chunk of your day if you let it. Better to set a limit of one hour and stick to it as much as possible.

Time Tip # 5: Fill Up Your Downtime. Doctors, dentists, colleagues, clients. Waiting for people is an unavoidable part of life. No need to forfeit those minutes when technology makes it easy to work wherever and whenever the spirit moves. Just whip out your smartphone or tablet and turn downtime into productive opportunities.

Your time is valuable, and the forces – both friendly and disruptive – chipping away at it are many. Follow these tactics and you’ll gain some needed traction in tipping control back your way. And isn’t it about time you did?

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